The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the military discharges 160,000 active-service members and 110,000 Reserve and National Guard members annually.
Statistically, about 32,000 of those veterans will join the ranks of nearly 1 million veterans already unemployed. For young, male veterans (18-24) the picture is even bleaker: in 2011, one out of every three was looking for work, almost double the unemployment rate of their non-veteran peers.
The situation has been improving but many veterans still struggle to market themselves effectively. Employers receive resumes every day from veterans, but hiring managers have trouble understanding the military lingo and identifying transferable skills.
There are also stigmas associated with veterans: some employers believe Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are not good job candidates due to physical or psychological disabilities. Our nation has invested considerable resources into training its military service members, only to “leave money on the table” when those members become unemployed veterans.
Solving the problem will mean training job-seeking veterans to find and attain employment, while creating opportunities for employers to meet those veterans.
At Apprentice Personnel, we frequently hire U.S. military veterans and their spouses.
Our hope? To bridge the gap between veterans returning from war and you, our corporate partners, and help these heroes return to a better life.
About the Author
Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.